December 12: Inspiration Awards 2018

Benefiting Oakland Digital

Inspiration Awards is a fundraising celebration honoring three champions bringing positive change through their passion, dedication, and innovation. It’s your chance to meet Bay Area thought leaders in the fields of technology, business, and education.

By attending Inspiration Awards, you are supporting digital literacy education to hundreds of businesses and nonprofits, jobs and opportunities to thousands of design students, and inspirational artwork throughout our community.

For nine years, Oakland Digital has directly impacted the lives of 5,200 Bay Area citizens. Our core programs, Inspire Oakland and Digital Equity, have boosted the local economy by $4.8MM, leading to opportunities for 21st century employment and economic mobility. Our exciting web application has bridged the design & marketing needs for 1,000 of organizations with 4,600 talented students, creating tangible opportunity for under resourced communities.

Join Oakland Digital’s ecosystem of creators, leaders, and visionaries: sponsor a table, purchase an advertisement, or make an in-kind donation. Call (510) 435-2945 to get involved.


Myesha Brown, Golden State Warriors


Claudia Burgos, AC Transit


Tammeil Gilkerson, Laney College



Melissa Colorado, NBC Bay Area Journalist

Melissa Colorado covers the East Bay in the afternoon editions of “NBC Bay Area News” which air Monday to Sunday at 5PM, 6PM, and 11PM. In addition, Colorado will also report for NBC Bay Area’s sister station, Telemundo 48 Area de La Bahia / KSTS, as well as for the stations digital platforms. Colorado reported at KARE-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she covered a number of high profile stories including Super Bowl LII. Before this, she worked in Albuquerque, New Mexico at KOAT-TV as a general assignment reporter. Colorado has also worked in the New York market as a reporter for 24/7 cable channel News 12 and at WPIX-TV. Colorado earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Brooklyn College.



Mayor Libby Schaaf, City of Oakland

As a lifelong volunteer, Mayor Schaaf has over two decades of public service experience that began while she was a young attorney and co-founded the non-profit Oakland Cares, which organized and implemented hundreds of volunteer community improvement projects across the city. She later left her legal career at Oakland’s largest law firm to build and run the first centralized volunteer program for Oakland public schools at the Marcus Foster Institute.

Mayor Schaaf is honored to serve the people of Oakland and to help promote her hometown as the greatest place to live, work, play and do business. She is committed to revitalization that preserves and celebrates Oakland’s diversity and leads to direct prosperity for long-time residents and newcomers.

Her four areas of focus as mayor are: holistic community safety, responsive trustworthy government, sustainable vibrant infrastructure and equitable jobs and housing. She is dedicated to ensuring the safety, education and fair treatment of all Oakland residents.


Shaun Tai, Oakland Digital

Shaun Tai is the Executive Director of Oakland Digital, an award-winning design studio dedicated to enhancing tech literacy and opportunity among Entrepreneurs and Student Designers. Shaun also leads the direction and product strategy for BRIDGEGOOD, a web application that connects overlooked talent to professional opportunities. The platform is supported by and the Golden State Warriors.

Shaun received an MA in Architectural & Urban Design and a BS in Advertising from San Jose State University. Prior to SJSU, he graduated with honors from Cal State East Bay with a BA in Digital Arts and was named “Distinguished Young Alumnus” of the academic year 2015. In September 2016, Diablo Magazine ranked Shaun #6 in their prestigious 40 Under 40 campaign. In March 2017, SF Business Times named Shaun 40 Under 40 alongside the Bay Area’s brightest CEOs and Directors. In April, Cal State East Bay recognized Shaun as a 40 Under 40 “Civic Service & Activism” Recipient, Class of 2017.

Currently Shaun is leading a $6MM capital campaign for BRIDGEGOOD Design Studio to ignite job creation and community growth among design students, nonprofits, and small businesses.



Selena Soberal, Bay Area Soul Singer

Selena grew up with a musical family surrounded by the music of Motown, Oldies, R&B, Salsa, and more. As she got older, Selena picked up the saxophone, which brought the huge influence of jazz into her music. Vocal jazz brought Selena into the world of A Cappella, challenging her to new lengths vocally. With dreams of touring and becoming a female entrepreneur she wants to impact music and art it’s perceived boundaries. Selena wants to create a venue that will foster creativity, empathy, and innovation for the community surrounding it.


Oakland Digital, 2018 Board of Directors

  • Tim Rosenblatt, President
  • Chelsea Seabron, Vice President
  • Linda Poeng, Treasurer
  • Erica Hong, Secretary
  • Kevin Louie Martin Kojnok
  • Gert Lombard
  • Lisa Sy
  • Michael Shih
  • TiYanna Long
  • Brett Webb


Table Sponsorships:
Shaun Tai | 510-435-2945 |

Media Access & Partnerships:
Yudy Herrera | 510-435-2945 |

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